Atlas of Chinese Tongue Diagnosis, Vol. 1 by Barbara Kirschbaum

By Barbara Kirschbaum

Tongue analysis is a crucial software utilized in chinese language medication either for assessing the present health and wellbeing of a sufferer and supplying a foundation for diagnosis. It additionally informs the practitioner in regards to the underlying energy or weak point of the patient’s structure. This atlas comprises over 320 colour photos of tongues visible in a Western health facility. the images offer a photo illustration of a wide selection of universal issues. each one picture is observed via an outline of the numerous positive aspects of the tongue, the corresponding chinese language analysis for every such characteristic, accompanying indicators, Western analysis, and pertinent history details. The presentation of the tongues is geared up in response to the character of the underlying disharmony: Lung, Spleen-Stomach, Kidney, middle, Liver. different chapters specialise in specific elements of the tongue, comparable to faded tongues, cracked tongues, detailed coating, in addition to these linked to warmth problems and blood stasis. The textual content is interspersed with many complete case histories that describe points that aren't noticeable at the tongue on my own. a last bankruptcy surveys numerous circumstances which mirror how the tongue replaced over the process therapy, with sooner than and after pictures. This systematic presentation presents the coed and practitioner of chinese language medication with a far deeper appreciation for the method of tongue prognosis in chinese language medication. an in depth and designated index offers entry to almost each element of the loads of tongues offered during this atlas, and their interrelationships.

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3) or a depression at the root repre­ sents a deficiency of essence. These tongue shapes are the result of a loss of substance or material; as a result, the tongue lacks appropriate volume or shape. If the tongue root is of a normal color, the deficiency has not yet advanced to the stage of internal heat. 3 An incipient lack of essence may also be associated with pale tongues. The incipient deficiency of essence manifests as a pale tongue with a depres­ sion at its root; it is as if there were a lack of substance to fill the root of the tongue.

Thu s, th e first p h o to re p rese n ts o n ly slight d e fi­ cien cy w hile th e last o n e reflects very severe deficiency. In addition, th e re are p h o to s th a t d ep ict th e m u tu a l relatio n sh ips a m o n g Kidney, Heart, Lung, and S to m a ch yin d eficien cies. Tongues th at show specific signs o f individual yin organ d eficien cy will b e d iscu ssed in later chapters. 6 Chinese diagnosis Red Kidney yin deficiency Red points at the sides Heat in the Liver Dry, rough coating Injury to the fluids due to heat Symptoms Fig.

This occasionally manifests as difficulty in falling asleep. The tongue body, shape, and color, however, are normal. The tongue is moist and has vitality. On the posterior third of the tongue are red points that are not considered pathological. This woman has no symp­ toms. Endnotes 1. Compare Maciocia G. Tongue Diagnosis in Chinese Medicine, rev. ed. Seattle: Eastland Press, 1995:24-26. 2. , 17-18. Maciocia describes the effects of medication in relation to a discoloration of the tongue coating.

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